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Partners make AWS more transparent, Big Data friendly @ re:Invent

There’s been no lack of excitement at Amazon’s re:Invent conference this week, with the IaaS titan announcing two new services for streaming apps and desktops from the cloud. Further fueling the buzz, the company pulled back the curtains on CloudTrail, a free tool that lets customers track API calls to their AWS deployments. CloudTrail aims to provide deeper insight into resource usage and configuration changes, but it delivers this information in the form of JSON files that can become too cumbersome to analyze for large organizations with hundreds and potentially thousands of end-users. Luckily for corporate IT departments, a firm called... more »
AWS out of the box solutions, the best for PCI compliance | #reinvent

AWS out of the box solutions, the best for PCI compliance | #reinvent

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, theCUBE co-hosts,  chatted with Tim Saunders, Co-Founder and CTO at CardFlight, during Day 3 of the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas. On the agenda: the trends of the mobile payment industry, the disruptions in the market and their own journey and predictions. CardFlight is New York-based, and sports a talented team of seven. "Part of our push is the PCI compliance, because we process credit card data. Some of the AWS sessions have really helped around security, encryption, and making PCI compliance easy and simple for us to run," said Saunders. For those unfamiliar with... more »
What AWS Kinesis launch means for Cloudera + rivals | #reinvent

What AWS Kinesis launch means for Cloudera + rivals | #reinvent

Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly and theCUBE hosts John Furrier explored the shifts in the Big Data industry that Amazon is now creating with it's existing and new cloud services and tools, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. "AWS pretty much has the entire Big Data workload taken care of," Kelly said, explaining that Redshift successfully takes on the traditional data warehousing world, EMR is taking on the open source Hadoop world, while DynamoDB is growing fast in the database segment. "If they close the loop with Kinesis, who can take on Amazon? Who can provide social on top of the infrastructure," Furrier... more »
New payment processing security guidelines outlined in PCI 3.0

New payment processing security guidelines outlined in PCI 3.0

The PCI Security Standards Council has released a new version of the Payment Card Industry standard known as PCI 3.0 which will take effect as of January 1, 2014.  If you’re an organization who accepts or processes payment cards, here’s what you need to know about PCI 3.0. PCI scope: What is it?  PCI scope refers to the method of penetration-testing required to demonstrate that the portion of the network assigned to store or process payment cards is inaccessible to the rest of the network. This is a new requirement based on the assumption that there hasn’t been enough testing of the... more »
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Who will lead Pinterest in Japan? Local love required

The Japanese version of the popular scrapbooking site Pinterest is now live.  Those using Rakuten Connect, the nation’s version of Facebook Connect, can now use their Rakuten login to use the Japanese version of Pinterest. This is the first time a Rakuten login will be used on a non-Rakuten service, but it's still in Rakuten's interest.  The Japanese e-commerce site initially invested $50 million into Pinterest last spring, making up half of a $100 million round of funding used for Pinterest’s global expansion. This new version of Pinterest is beneficial for both parties. Aside from adding more Pinterest users, this can be... more »
Goodbye Silk Road 1.0, hello reloaded Silk Road 2.0

Goodbye Silk Road 1.0, hello reloaded Silk Road 2.0

Only a month after its closure by the FBI, Silk Road is once again accessible via Tor, the decentralized and anonymous network. Let’s start with a quick review of the facts. The original Silk Road was born in February 2011, at the impetus of a Dread Pirate Roberts. The service is presented at the time as a gigantic marketplace exploiting the Tor network to ensure the anonymity of sellers and buyers. At first, anyone could sell anything and  certainly if the service was used to sell drugs, it was also possible to find other illicit goods, such as weapons. U.S. authorities were... more »
AWS keynote recap : Reinventing travel with AirBnB | #reinvent

AWS keynote recap : Reinventing travel with AirBnB | #reinvent

Broadcasting live from the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, theCUBE streamed the entire Keynote of Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering with AirBnB. Curtis was very adamant that "AirBnB is reinventing travel," and he went on to explain. "What we've created is a community-driven market place that brings together hosts and guests from around the world, creating glocal, unique, personal travel experiences. All of that starts with our hosts. Today, there are more 350,000 hosts around the world. They are normal people, who have an extra room available at their house, or a house that they are not using.... more »
Linode releases Longview Apps to enhance web and application user experience

Linode releases Longview Apps to enhance web and application user experience

Cloud hosting provider Linode launched Longview Apps, its new virtual server statistics collection and graphing service extension apps for performance analysis. The new apps provide systems administrators with the metrics and analytics they need to avoid crippling logjams and downtime--all to keep the virtual server running at peak performance. Longview from Linode tracks important indicators for CPU, memory, network, process, and provides real-time graphics that can help identify and head off performance problems. Longview can be used to monitor any virtual server or  computer running Linux--including non-Linode system. Longview features include up to one minute each system information, open source client... more »
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Kinesis shows potential for Industrial Internet + automation, says analyst | #reinvent

Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly discussed the Big Data related announcements and trends highlighted during the AWS re:Invent conference, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier. Kelly stated most Big Data announcements were either on the analytics side, or Big Data management in the context of reaching enterprise grade level, focusing on reliability, backup, and disaster recovery. Kinesis, the stream processing of data engine that powers real time intelligent applications was the biggest announcement of the day, according to Kelly. "Kinesis was developed internally by AWS. They had all this metric of data," on people and how they used the data on their... more »
New Autodesk 3D cloud-streaming applications bring high-end power into the browser

New Autodesk 3D cloud-streaming applications bring high-end power into the browser

More than ever the cloud and mobile devices are freeing up workers from being chained to their offices to get work done and the first wave has been collaboration and support—but the technology just hadn’t quite cracked the nut for highly computational tasks such as 3D rendering and design. This is the domain of Autodesk and with cloud-driven apps delivered via AWS in the pocket, the sky is the limit. Autodesk is now just introducing industry first 3D design via a web browser. In collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Mozilla, NVIDIA and OTOY, Autodesk has developed a full-fledged high performance 3D design,... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.